Japanese No Masks: With 300 Illustrations of Authentic Historical Examples

Japanese No Masks: With 300 Illustrations of Authentic Historical Examples


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Combining elements of dance, drama, music and poetry, the performances of Japanese No theater are a highly stylized form of entertainment. Accompanying the sumptuous costumes worn during performances are elaborately carved No and Kyogen wooden masks — major works of art in their own right. This book, based on a classic two-volume German study, presents a wealth of illustrations and information relating to these magnificent theatrical devices.
A new, informative introduction and extensive captions derived from the original text and newly translated, accompany the heart of the book—more than 120 full-page plates depicting museum-quality masks worn by actors playing gods, warriors, demons, and monsters, beautiful women, feudal lords, mad characters, and supernatural beings. All 303 illustrations from the original two-volume work are included.
A unique introduction to classic Japanese theater for Western theatergoers, this volume will also serve as an excellent reference for students, scholars, and enthusiasts of No drama.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780486440149
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: 06/17/2005
Series: Dover Fine Art, History of Art Series
Pages: 178
Sales rank: 927,202
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Note to the Dover Edition
Full-Page Plates
The No Stage and Accessories (Plates I-XIII)
Outstanding Masks, in Historical Sequence of Carvers (Plates XIV-CXXII)
Illustrated Catalog of Mask Types
No. Boys (Figs. 1-7)
No. Young Men (Figs. 8-12)
No. Mature Men (Figs. 13-36)
No. Old Men (Figs. 37-56)
No. Young Girls (Figs. 57 & 58)
No. Young and Mature Women (Figs. 59-80)
No. Old Women (Figs. 81-86)
No. Blind Men (Figs. 87-89)
No. Demons and Monsters (Figs. 90-149)
No. Gods and Sorcerers (Figs. 150-160)
Kyogen (Figs. 161-181)

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